Apple Pay has been live in the US since mid-October, but so far iPhone owners to the north are still waiting on news of a launch date. That wait may be shorter than expected, with reports suggesting the payments service may switch on in Canada in a matter of months.
9to5Mac cites unnamed sources as revealing that Apple is in talks with potential Canadian partners for an Apple Pay launch within the next six months, and possibly as early as March.
The article states that the unknown launch partners – whom we assume are Canadian banks and card companies, as well as leading retailers – are working with Apple on promotional and advertising material for the company’s digital wallet, with a view to a March unveiling.
Interestingly, March is also the rumored launch month for the highly-anticipated Apple Watch. Along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Watch is compatible with the Apple Pay service, so making the payments system available to Watch owners early will give the public an extra incentive to give Apple's first wearable a try.
Since its October launch in the States, Apple Pay has amassed an impressive list of partner banks and credit card companies, with around 90% of US credit card transactions compatible with the service. All major credit cards are supported, and participating banks include Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo and American Express.